IN A NUTSHELL:
If the e-cloth dusting cloth was a mitt, I’d give it 5 stars. This cloth goes above and beyond the call of dusting duty. It picks up very fine particles like drywall dust and pet hair clings to it like a magnet. LOVE IT!
I started using the Norwex Dusting Mitt a couple of years ago and have come to appreciate the “handiness” of the mitt, so when I pulled the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth out of the package I was a bit disappointed.
It’s thin and it doesn’t have the typical microfiber feel. To be honest, it just felt like a piece of fleece fabric with a nicely finished edge.
But hold on a minute folks. The e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth is one good duster and the fleecy feel is the key!
Note: I’m going to focus this review on the e-cloth ® dusting cloth but will do a bit of a e-cloth versus Norwex comparison at the end. So if that’s what you’re looking for, scroll down.
How Does the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth Work?
GEEK ALERT: a few facts for you science-minded folk:
- the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth is 100% polyester microfiber.
- Polyester has a negative electrical charge. This is important because… wait for it… are you ready? drum roll, please….
- most airborne particles like pollen, dust, and smoke carry a positive electrical charge
- The negatively charged e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth pulls those positively annoying little dust particles right in and the millions of little microfibers hold onto that dust and DO NOT LET IT GO.
How is the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth Different from Other Microfiber Dusters?
Well, most other microfiber dusters – including the Norwex Dusting Mitt – are made of a polyester/polyamide mix. Polyamide carries a positive charge so… you guessed it… it actually repels some dust.
Kate’s Home Dusting Tests
I could spend a week dusting my house and when I was done, I’d have to start again. Never have you seen dust like there is in my house. So the question was, where to start? I’ve used the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth all over my house but of course only occasionally think to take a picture.
Test 1: The Stairs
I know not everyone dusts their stairs but I find it easier than sweeping or – God forbid – vacuuming them. My stairs are a major collection point for dust and dog hair. Need proof?
Here’s a revealing snapshot of one of my stairs 2 days after I vacuumed it. Go ahead and click on it for a gross zoomed in view. Now you see what I’m up against. Why would I haul the vacuum out every 2 days when I could just dust this mess up?
So, I tackled the stairs with the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth and this is what I found:
- It picked up pet dander, drywall dust (have I mentioned we’re renovating?), some bits of I don’t know what, a piece of sand and a lot of dog hair.
- It got all the dust in the corners around the spindles and along the wall
- Mostly I was impressed by the actual picking up (instead of corralling) of the dog hair. See it on the picture below? You can see how I had the cloth folded into 4 and the hair is all over the cloth, not just along the edges. This is a big improvement over the Norwex Dusting Mitt (take a look at my Norwex Dusting Mitt review) and my Swiffer duster that’s been sitting unused in my cupboard for 2 years. Granted, this could be a factor of the kind of dogs we have (coarse-haired Labrador Retrievers). I can’t say how it would work on fluffy cat hair or that from a Golden.
Test 2: Ceiling Light Shades
This is a job I don’t do often. Ummm… Now this is embarrassing…In 11 years of living in this house, this is the 2nd time I’ve cleaned these shades. Possibly it’s because I find the fixture hideous and try not to look at it. Possibly it’s because I’m lazy. In any case, they were D-U-S-T-Y, dusty.
The e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth did a really good job on these. It glides smoothly over the glass and picked up all the dust, even in the crevasses – I didn’t have to work the cloth at all to get into any of those little grooves. It just got the dust somehow . It took about 20 seconds to do each one and as far as I could tell, the dusting cloth was picking up all the dust – not letting it fall away.
How do I know this you ask? Well…
Ideally, I would have dusted these right on the fixture because I was pretty confident that the Dusting Cloth wasn’t going to let a lot of dust drop to the floor. But I had a bit of time on my hands the day I tackled this job so I decided to do a little experiment and compare the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth to the Norwex Dusting Mitt.
So I took all the shades off and put them on some black paper so I could see if the e-cloth or Norwex mitt let any dust fall off the shades as I was dusting.
They both did a really good job although it took a bit more work with the Norwex Dusting Mitt (maybe because of the whole electric charge thing I talked about above) and the darned piping on the Norwex Dusting Mitt (see my review of the Norwex Mitt for a rant on this most annoying design flaw) picked up some of the dust and then promptly let it fall off the mitt. You can see the little balls of dust in the picture, below.
The e-cloth Dusting Cloth didn’t let any dust fall off the shade.
And here’s where my genius (or lack of it) comes in to prove it. See the picture on the right? Click on it to zoom in. Now see the dog hair on the left? That fell off my sweater. And see that little speck on the right? That’s a sesame seed. That came from my 3 year old son who was eating granola and sneezed the instant I snapped the picture.
If I had bothered to tamper with the results, don’t you think I would have taken the time to move that bloody sesame seed out of the shot? Trust me – the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth did not let any dust fall.
Test 3: Blinds
I’m really taking one for the team here folks. I don’t do blinds. We had blinds in our old apartment and when we first moved in I stupidly decided to clean them by throwing them in the tub. I sliced my hands to bits and spent hours cleaning that mess.
So when we moved into this house and I saw the blinds, I quickly took them all down. All but one. And it’s been hanging there, uncleaned, ever since. Just so I could do this test. Hee hee.
This set of blinds is so neglected that I haven’t even used my Norwex Dusting Mitt on it and I hear it’s great for them (so obviously there won’t be any comparison here).
I spent 2 minutes cleaning the blinds with the e-cloth ® Dusting cloth and here’s what I noticed:
- I didn’t cut my hands
- the cloth slid easily over the blinds and across the string and picked up pretty much all the dust except right beside the string. I didn’t spend any extra time or effort trying to get that though
- there didn’t appear to be any dust on the windowsill when I was done
- the blinds looked and felt clean when I was done
- the e-cloth was still looking pretty clean so I dusted my favorite piece of pottery and the table in the hall afterwards
What does the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth Dust Well?
To be honest, I haven’t found anything that it doesn’t dust well. Aside from the examples above, I’ve used it with great success to dust:
- pictures and frames
- the stereo (remember to turn the stereo off 15 minutes before you dust to get rid of the static charge it generates)
- wooden furniture
- fabric and glass lamp shades
- the top of the fridge
- ceiling fans – and you don’t have to worry about dust falling to the floor
- crown molding, baseboards, doors and trim
- cobwebs and spider webs
- the ceiling and walls (unbelievably I often find dog hairs on our walls)
- the back of the TV (again, turn your TV off 15 minutes before you dust and WARNING: do not use the dusting cloth on the screen. Use the e-cloth ® screen cleaning pack instead)
- inside your car – try it on the dash!
- am I missing anything here?
How Does the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth Compare to the Norwex Dusting Mitt?
- Well, obviously the e-cloth is not a mitt. Comfort wise, I’m partial to the mitt but admittedly I only ever use one side of it because I just can’t get used to dusting with my left hand. The mitt may be better for people with arthritis.
- The e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth is 100% polyester microfiber that feels like fleece. The Norwex Dusting Mitt is a polyester/polyamide mix that has that typical microfiber feel.
- The Norwex Mitt is more plush than the e-cloth ® dusting cloth, but it doesn’t get dust out of grooves or corners as easily as the e-cloth (likely due to that whole electrical charge thing)
- the e-cloth® Dusting Cloth picks up hair from my dogs. The Norwex Mitt absolutely does NOT.
- There are some types of dust in my house that the Norwex Mitt won’t pick up but the e-cloth ® Dusting cloth will. It may be plaster dust from our ceilings, I’m not sure.
- They both make dusting a whole lot easier and without the use of chemical sprays
- Norwex offers a 2 year warranty. e-cloth ® offers a “300 Washings” (about 6 years) warranty
- The Norwex mitt costs $16.99. The e-cloth Dusting Cloth is $9.99 for 2.
- the e-cloth ® Dusting Cloth picks up dust. What else could you want?
- no chemical sprays or polishes are required
- when it’s full, you can shake it out or brush it off and continue using it
- it’s washable and guaranteed for 300 washes!
- it’s got a natural electrical charge that attracts dust so you don’t have to work to get dust out of corners and grooves
- it picks up dog hair
- you can dust ceiling fixtures (lights and fans) without worrying about dust falling on to the floor/counter/bed/your breakfast…
- it’s not a mitt